Medicine and Health News 2016

Sydney alum off to Stanford as Monash scholar

Sydney alum off to Stanford as Monash scholar

13 December
University of Sydney alumnus Dr Martin Seneviratne has been named the 2017 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholar. The award will see Dr Seneviratne head to Stanford University to continue his ground-breaking work into clinical informatics. Learn more

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$58m boost for Sydney medical research

5 December
University of Sydney researchers have received more than $58 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Learn more

Cutting the risk of skin cancer from the University of Sydney

National Skin Cancer Action Week

24 November 2016
Each year in Australia more than 2000 people die from skin cancer and by the age of 70 two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer. National Skin Cancer Action Week, from 20 – 26 November, is an international week to raise awareness of the prevalence of skin cancer. Learn more

Sydney dominates Academy’s Awards

Australian Academy of Science

18 November
Sydney has again won the most awards for science and medical research, in today's Australian Academy of Science awards announcement – capping an outstanding year – which has included the Prime Minister's Prize for Science. Learn more

21st Century Medicine: a medical program for the future

21st Century Medicine

16 November 2016
Sydney Medical School will introduce a new curriculum in 2020, which focuses on earlier clinical experience and immersion in hospital and community teams, leading to a final fourth year as “Preparation for Practice”. Learn more

Congenital virus in children with cerebral palsy more common than thought

Children

14 November 2016
Congenital infection with cytomegalovirus is more common in children with cerebral palsy than previously thought, University of Sydney research shows. Learn more

Policies seeking to discourage caesarean births are harming mothers and babies

Caesarean births

13 November 2016
Too many women are being pressured into having harmful vaginal births due to policies seeking to reduce caesarean delivery rates, a University of Sydney expert says. Learn more

What are antibodies?

Antibodies

11 November 2016
The development of an affordable vaccine may be our greatest hope for reducing the burden of dengue and Zika, Dr Cameron Webb explains. Learn more

Knowing risk factors could help catch melanomas

Melanomas

11 November 2016
University of Sydney research has pinpointed a set of risk factors that could help doctors tailor skin examinations and catch melanoma at an early stage. Learn more

WISE Study wins icare TMF Award

icare TMF Awards

8 November
The Work Injury Screening & Early Intervention (WISE) study consortium and the University of Sydney's Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI), have been named joint winner of the framework and systems section of the 2016 icare TMF awards. Learn more

Trauma mortality declines in regional and remote NSW

Trauma system

7 November 2016
Hospital inpatient deaths caused by major trauma have fallen in regional NSW following changes to the state trauma management system, new research shows. Learn more

Early planned birth linked to risk of poor child development

Child

7 November 2016
Children born following planned births before 39 weeks have a heightened risk of poor child development at school age, University of Sydney research shows. Learn more

The top 6 updates in diabetes treatment and prevention from the University of Sydney

Diabetes

7 November 2016
14 November is World Diabetes Day, an international event to raise awareness about diabetes. In recognition of this important day, the University of Sydney shares its top updates in diabetes prevention, education and treatment. Learn more

The George Institute wins the judges' vote in Google Impact Challenge

Google Impact Challenge

28 October 2016
The George Institute’s lifesaving SMS program has been awarded $750,000 in this year’s Google Impact Challenge by a panel of judges including Lucy Turnbull, CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall, David Gonski and the worldwide head of Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller. Learn more

University of Sydney scholars win 34 NHMRC grants worth $22m

NHMRC grants

27 October 2016
University of Sydney scholars were today awarded 34 grants worth $22 million by the National Health and Medical Research Council to advance research-led discoveries and improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of illnesses. Learn more

Three world beaters join Brain and Mind Centre to defeat dementia and crippling brain diseases

Brain scan

26 October 2016
Three world-leading neuroscience scholars are joining the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre to progress research-led treatments for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases affecting human memory and thinking. Learn more

University of Sydney scholars win grants to cut chronic lung diseases

Breathe deeply

24 October 2016
University of Sydney researchers have received more than $2.6m to investigate the prevention and management of smoking-induced chronic lung diseases. Learn more

Two University of Sydney scholars named AAHMS Fellows

Quadrangle

18 October 2016
Two University of Sydney scholars were named Fellows by The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) at its recent annual meeting. Learn more

5 Reasons to study medicine at the University of Sydney

Sean Hassan

18 October 2016
If you want to embark on a dynamic career and have the biggest impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, the medicine program at the University of Sydney is for you. We asked our students and Program Co-Director, Professor Inam Haq, what makes the Sydney Medical Program special. Learn more

Poche Kit Packing Day puts essential items in the hands of those in need

kit packing day 2016

14 October 2016
Seventy-five volunteers came together this week to help the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health help improve health outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Learn more

University of Sydney spinoff companies win $7.8m from NSW government

Medical device fund

12 October 2016
Three medical device companies established by the University of Sydney have been awarded $7.8m through the NSW Government’s Medical Devices Fund.
Learn more

Hoc Mai at Sydney Medical School

Hoc Mai

30 September 2016
Học Mãi Australia-Vietnam Medical Foundation aims to improve health outcomes through education and research in Vietnam. It is a not-for-profit organisation of the University of Sydney that brings together the collective healthcare knowledge and experience of Australia and Vietnam in an educational partnership. Learn more

Dr Diana Temple AM, advocate for the role of women in science

Dr Diana Temple AM

30 September 2016
On Wednesday 12 October, the University will host the annual Diana Temple Memorial Lecture. The lecture honours the memory of Dr Diana Temple AM, a former member of the University of Sydney community and an advocate for the role of women in science. Learn more

Aboriginal health equality: the Poche Centre’s vision for change

Aboriginal health equality: the Poche Centre’s vision for change

21 September 2016
The University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health will continue its focus on three high-need areas under its new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan - Healthy Kids. Healthy Teeth. Healthy Hearts. Learn more

Congratulations to our academics and professional staff who have received national recognition for their outstanding contributions to student learning

Congratulations to our academics and professional staff who have received national recognition for t

15 September 2016
Five University staff including Dr Stuart Lane have been awarded national citations for their outstanding contributions to student learning. Learn more

Outsource WHO jobs to more capable agencies, experts say

Outsource WHO jobs to more capable agencies

13 September
It’s time to outsource key functions of The World Health Organisation to agencies better placed and qualified to execute the WHO’s remit, say experts in today’s British Medical Journal – Global Health. Learn more

Six of the best: meet our most highly cited scholars

Most highly cited scholars

9 September
Six University of Sydney scholars are among the world’s most influential scientists in their fields as determined by the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list for 2016. Learn more

New tool to aid diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

7 September
Australia’s first national tool for diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has been released in a bid to promote early diagnosis and treatment of FASD. Learn more

Rising tide of chronic disease swamps GP services

GPs

2 September
New research by the University of Sydney’s BEACH research program reveals an increasing load on GP-delivered services as they respond to a rising tide of chronic disease in ageing Australia. Learn more

Free open course to help doctors join the eHealth revolution

MOOC

30 August 2016
Australia is in the midst of an eHealth revolution and medical practitioners who don't adopt new technology in their healthcare delivery risk being left behind, according to a University of Sydney expert. Learn more

Cannabinoid replacement drug trial to help cannabis smokers quit habit

cannabis

24 August 2016
An Australian research team is recruiting cannabis smokers who need help quitting or reducing their cannabis-use for a world-first trial of cannabinoid replacement therapy for relapse prevention in the community. Learn more

Australian study wants your view on personal genomic testing

DNA data

23 August 2016
A new international collaborative study known as Genioz (Genomics: National Insights of Australians), is seeking participants to complete an online survey about their views on new genetic technologies that provide access to their own genetic information for ancestry, health and sporting ability. Learn more

Researchers take part in projects to control TB in Vietnam

Vietnam

17 August
Australia’s top respiratory specialists have launched a series of ground-breaking, multimillion dollar research projects in Vietnam that aim to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) deaths. Learn more

Our looming health crisis

Diabetes

12 August
The most common causes of death in Australia are lifestyle-related chronic diseases like diabetes, liver, heart and kidney disease. Each of these illnesses are directly related to obesity and physical inactivity. Due to our unhealthy lifestyle, more Australians are dying from these disorders than from anything else. Learn more

Medicines to treat side effects of other medicines? Sometimes less is more

Medicine

10 August
Reducing the use of inappropriate and unnecessary medicines in older people is one of the most important challenges of modern medicine. Learn more

The hidden curriculum in surgery says it’s not for women

The hidden curriculum in surgery says it’s not for women

8 August
Despite more than 15 years of gender parity in Australian medical education, women remain underrepresented in surgery. The proportion of female surgical trainees is rising, but more slowly than in other specialties. Learn more

University of Sydney wins five Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research

University of Sydney wins five Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research

8 August
Five University of Sydney scholars have won 2016 Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. Learn more

Dubious marketing of stem cell therapies revealed

Dubious marketing of stem cell therapies revealed

5 August
New study reveals murky marketing practices and dubious claims from 417 unique websites advertising stem cell-based therapies in what experts call an “under-regulated industry”. Learn more

University of Sydney researchers create new app to save your heart

University of Sydney researchers create game-based app to prevent heart attacks

5 August
Cardiac researchers from the University of Sydney have created a new game-based app to prevent heart attacks among people who have suffered a cardiac event. Learn more

Health Collaboration Challenge - Take two

Health Collaboration Challenge - Take two

4 August
The University of Sydney is leading large-scale interprofessional learning. One of our goals is to better prepare students for practice. In addition to providing our students with the opportunity to share their disciplinary expertise, the Health Collaboration Challenge allows participants to learn about teamwork and showcase their creative skills in solving authentic complex patient cases. Learn more

Abnormal thyroid function in newborns linked to poor reading and numeracy

Abnormal thyroid function in newborns linked to poor reading and numeracy

28 July
Babies born with moderately high concentrations of thyroid stimulating hormone have a higher risk of poor educational and development outcomes at school age, a world-first University of Sydney study reveals. Learn more

How much is physical inactivity costing the world?

How much is physical inactivity costing the world?

28 July
A world-first study has revealed that in 2013, physical inactivity cost INT $67.5 billion globally in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, revealing the enormous economic burden of an increasingly sedentary world. Learn more

Most Australians view porn but few report ill effects: new research

Most Australians view porn but few report ill effects: new research

27 July
Most Australians have viewed pornography but few report any ill effects, a new report in The Journal of Sex Research reveals. Learn more

Stem cells healing broken hearts

Stem cells healing broken hearts

25 July
A cardiologist and senior lecturer at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School, Dr Chong believes Australia will soon see clinical trials using stem cell therapies to regenerate heart tissues damaged by heart attacks. Learn more

Obese preschoolers have 60% higher healthcare costs

Obese preschoolers have 60% higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children

6 July
Obese children aged two to five years old are 2-3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have 60 per cent higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, a study by the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health has found. Learn more

Boosting Australia’s response to infectious disease outbreaks

Boosting Australia’s response to infectious disease outbreaks

5 July
University of Sydney researchers will partner with other leading national experts in clinical, laboratory and public health research on a new $5m initiative to boost Australia’s capacity to respond to infectious disease outbreaks. Learn more

New insights into the causes of sudden cardiac death in the young

New insights into the causes of sudden cardiac death in the young revealed

23 June
Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine reports today. Learn more

We need transformative change in Aboriginal health

We need transformative change in Aboriginal health

8 July
Change is complex and invariably poorly managed and understood in Aboriginal affairs, including Aboriginal health. Learn more

Genetic link behind sudden death of young people revealed

Genetic link behind sudden death of young people revealed in world-first study

23 June 2016
A family is calling for more testing to prevent the sudden death of young people, with new research uncovering a genetic mutation is present in one in four unexplained deaths. Learn More

SAGE gender equality in STEMM

SAGE gender equality in STEMM

21 June
In September 2015, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, committed the University to take part in the program. It promotes gender equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) and is the Australian pilot of the successful Athena SWAN program that has been running in the United Kingdom for 10 years. Learn more

Why we need to pay more attention to negative clinical trials

Why we need to pay more attention to negative clinical trials

10 June
Sometimes, the most important steps in medical research are the ones we ignore, writes Adrian Pokorny. Learn more

Teddy Bear Hospital - Medical school students give an important check-up

Teddy Bear Hospital - Medical school students give an important check-u

10 June
On Wednesday 8 June 2016, medical students from the University of Sydney, School of Rural Health (SRH) in Dubbo ran their annual Teddy Bear Hospital for kindergarten students at St Laurence’s Primary School in Dubbo. Learn more

University of Sydney wins $19m in Cancer Institute NSW grants

University of Sydney wins $19m in Cancer Institute NSW grants

9 June
The Cancer Institute NSW has awarded $19 million to University of Sydney scholars to advance fundamental and applied research, support the careers of promising researchers, and improve research infrastructure. Learn more

Wakil donation to transform approach to health care

Wakil donation to transform approach to health care

21 April
The University of Sydney has received a $35 million gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation. Learn more

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment have serious implications for individuals, healthcare systems, and society

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment have serious implications for individuals, healthcare systems, and s

4 March
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment have serious implications for individuals, healthcare systems, and society. Learn more

Workers happier and equally productive with sit-stand desks

Workers happier and equally productive with sit-stand desks

25 February
Workers who use sit-stand desks are just as productive as those who use traditional desks while enjoying a host of possible health benefits, according to a world-first study by researchers at the University of Sydney. Learn more